Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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Marie Hatlelid Føleide,

This article analyses the accounts of children’s spokespersons in Norway, whose mandate is to speak with and forward children’s views in care proceedings. The analyses show how constructions of loyalty, family interdependence, and individualism may inform spokespersons’ interpretations of children’s views, and thereby their exploratory practices in their conversations with the children.

Child Helpline International,

In order to understand the issues faced by the children and young people who get in touch with child helplines, Child Helpline International interviews members around the world every year to gather information about the contacts they receive. This report provides an overview of the information recieved for 2021. 

Cath Larkins, Lucía del Moral-Espín ,

This chapter examines practical insight from research conducted across the UK and elsewhere in Europe of the contexts that children were experiencing, the pre-existing causes of some of the challenges and examples of children providing evidence about their experiences and insights into how policy and services could better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the Way We Care, Lumos,

This practical manual was designed for practitioners and service managers who want to build their knowledge and skills on meaningful participation.

Changing the Way We Care,

This handbook was made for children to read and write in. You’ll learn about why families are important and why they are the best place for children to grow up. There is also plenty of space for children to write down their thoughts and feelings about what they have read. 

Georgia Booth & Ruby Johnson - Elevate Children Funder's Group,

This toolkit was developed with and for philanthropic funders who want to better understand how to support child and youth participation. It builds on an ECFG study published in 2021, Shifting the Field: Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening Child- and Youth-Led Community Rooted Groups, which maps current practices in philanthropic support for child- and youth-led work at the community level and provides strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities through participatory approaches.

Changing the Way We Care, Lumos,

Putting Children and Young People at the Heart of Care Reform is an introductory manual aimed at practitioners. The manual provides a comprehensive overview of how to meaningfully engage children and young people in care reform. It covers the legal and theoretic framework, the basics in how to engage with children and young people, how to be inclusive and practical ways to engage children and young people in monitoring and evaluation. It also has an extensive chapter on how children and young people can and should be involved throughout care reform, from making decisions about their own care, right up to engaging in global policy decisions. It will challenge readers to increase participation in their own work and equip them with tools to do so in a safe and meaningful way.

Changing the Way We Care, Lumos,

Placer les enfants et les jeunes au cœur de la réforme des soins est un manuel d’introduction destiné aux praticiens. Le manuel fournit un aperçu complet de la façon d’impliquer de manière significative les enfants et les jeunes dans la réforme des soins. Il couvre le cadre juridique et théorique, les bases de l’engagement avec les enfants et les jeunes, la manière d’être inclusif et les moyens pratiques d’impliquer les enfants et les jeunes dans le suivi et l’évaluation. Il contient également un chapitre détaillé sur la manière dont les enfants et les jeunes peuvent et doivent être impliqués tout au long de la réforme des soins, depuis la prise de décisions concernant leurs propres soins jusqu’à l’engagement dans des décisions politiques mondiales. Il mettra les lecteurs au défi d’accroître leur participation à leur propre travail et de les doter d’outils pour le faire de manière sûre et significative.

Changing the Way We Care, Lumos,

Poziționarea Copiilor și a Tinerilor în Centrul Reformei Sistemului de Îngrijire este un manual introductiv destinat practicienilor. Manualul oferă o imagine de ansamblu extensivă asupra modului de implicare semnificativă a copiilor și a tinerilor în reforma sistemului de îngrijire. Acesta acoperă cadrul juridic și teoretic, elementele de bază pentru implicarea copiilor și a tinerii cu experiență trăită în mod incluziv și modalități practice de antrenare a copiilor și a tinerilor în monitorizare și evaluare. De asemenea, are un capitol amplu despre modul în care copiii și tinerii pot și ar trebui să fie implicați pe întreg parcursul reformei sistemului de îngrijire, de la luarea deciziilor cu privire la propria lor îngrijire, până la implicarea în deciziile de politică globală. Manualul va provoca cititorii să sporească implicarea copiilor și a tinerilor cu experiență trăită în munca lor și îi va dota cu instrumentele necesare pentru a realiza această implicare într-un mod sigur și semnificativ.

Changing the Way We Care, Lumos,

Situar la participación de niños, niñas o adolescentes y jóvenes al centro de la transformación del cuidado es un manual introductorio dirigido a los profesionales. El manual proporciona una visión general completa de cómo involucrar significativamente a los niños y jóvenes en la reforma del cuidado. Cubre el marco legal y teórico, los conceptos básicos sobre cómo interactuar con los niños y los jóvenes; Cómo ser inclusivos y formas prácticas de involucrar a los niños y jóvenes en el monitoreo y la evaluación. También tiene un extenso capítulo sobre cómo los niños y los jóvenes pueden y deben participar en la reforma del cuidado, desde la toma de decisiones sobre su propio cuidado, hasta la participación en decisiones de política global. Desafiará a los lectores a aumentar la participación en su propio trabajo y los proveerá con herramientas para hacerlo de una manera segura y significativa.